Staff Pilot Unmanned Aerial VehiclePalmdale, CA

Requisition ID: R10161665

  • Category: Flight Operations

  • Location: Palmdale, California, United States of America

  • Clearance Type: Top Secret

  • Telecommute: No- Teleworking not available for this position

  • Shift: 1st Shift (United States of America)

  • Travel Required: Yes, 10% of the Time

  • Relocation Assistance: Relocation assistance may be available

  • Positions Available: 1

At Northrop Grumman, our employees have incredible opportunities to work on revolutionary systems that impact people's lives around the world today, and for generations to come. Our pioneering and inventive spirit has enabled us to be at the forefront of many technological advancements in our nation's history - from the first flight across the Atlantic Ocean, to stealth bombers, to landing on the moon. We look for people who have bold new ideas, courage and a pioneering spirit to join forces to invent the future, and have fun along the way. Our culture thrives on intellectual curiosity, cognitive diversity and bringing your whole self to work — and we have an insatiable drive to do what others think is impossible. Our employees are not only part of history, they're making history.

Northrop Grumman Aeronautics Systems has an opening for a Staff Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) Pilot to join our team of qualified, diverse individuals within our Test and Engineering organization Flight Test Department. This position will be based out of Palmdale, CA.

At Northrop Grumman, our employees have incredible opportunities to work on revolutionary systems that impact people’s lives around the world today, and for generations to come. Our pioneering and inventive spirit has enabled us to be at the forefront of many technological advancements in our nation’s history - from the first flight across the Atlantic Ocean, to stealth bombers, to landing on the moon. We look for people who have bold new ideas, courage and a pioneering spirit to join forces to invent the future and have fun along the way. Our culture thrives on intellectual curiosity, cognitive diversity and bringing your whole self to work — and we have an insatiable drive to do what others think is impossible. Our employees are not only part of history, they’re making history.

Essential Functions:

  • Remotely pilots vehicle to determine compliance with specification and operational suitability during experimental/ engineering/ ground and flight test events; demonstration support through specifically prescribed tests and maneuvers.

  • Defines, plans, organizes and executes complex flight programs and flight test events.

  • Conducts briefings and debriefings, and coordinates with maintenance personnel to analyze and correct vehicle discrepancies.

  • Support engineering with development of test plans, procedures, and test cards.

  • Attend Air Vehicle and Mission System Technical Interchange Meetings, Preliminary Design Reviews, Critical Design Reviews, and Flight Readiness Reviews.

  • Candidate may conduct demonstration flights with customers, government officials or other personnel to exhibit vehicle performance, flying qualities and system capabilities.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor in Science degree plus 14 years of related experience OR Masters plus 12 years of related experience OR PhD plus 9 years of related experience.

  • Position requires experience in flight test operations

  • Must be FAA commercial Multi & Single Engine instrument rated pilot (or military equivalent) plus current FAA Class II Medical or higher.

  • Minimum of 500 hours of flight experience as Pilot in Command and able to maintain instrument currency in manned aircraft

  • This position requires the occasional odd shift (Nights and Weekends)

  • Ability to obtain and maintain Program Access prior to beginning employment

  • Current active DoD Top Secret Clearance Required

  • Aviation instructor (Certified Flight Instructor) experience

  • Previous experience operating UAVs

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Flight test experience

  • Military flight experience highly desirable

  • Previous experience operating RQ-4 Family of Systems

Salary Range: $181,400 - $272,200

The above salary range represents a general guideline; however, Northrop Grumman considers a number of factors when determining base salary offers such as the scope and responsibilities of the position and the candidate's experience, education, skills and current market conditions.

Employees may be eligible for a discretionary bonus in addition to base pay. Annual bonuses are designed to reward individual contributions as well as allow employees to share in company results. Employees in Vice President or Director positions may be eligible for Long Term Incentives. In addition, Northrop Grumman provides a variety of benefits including health insurance coverage, life and disability insurance, savings plan, Company paid holidays and paid time off (PTO) for vacation and/or personal business.

The application period for the job is estimated to be 20 days from the job posting date. However, this timeline may be shortened or extended depending on business needs and the availability of qualified candidates.

Northrop Grumman is committed to hiring and retaining a diverse workforce. We are proud to be an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer, making decisions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, national origin, age, veteran status, disability, or any other protected class. For our complete EEO/AA and Pay Transparency statement, please visit. U.S. Citizenship is required for all positions with a government clearance and certain other restricted positions.